Canadian terrorists planned truck bombs, authorities say

| 6/9/2006

The suspected terrorist plotters arrested recently in Canada had planned to use truck bombs to carry out their evil deeds, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The 17 people charged so far in the alleged plot to blow up prominent buildings in Toronto, including the Toronto Stock Exchange, had attempted to obtain three times the amount of ammonium nitrate fertilizer than was used in the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced June 3 that a combined effort of authorities had foiled a terrorist attack and made the arrests.

CBC News reported that unreleased court documents the news agency obtained showed that truck bombs were going to be part of the plan. CBC did not say what kind of trucks or any specifics of how they fit into the scheme.

Canadian authorities say a 20-year old man, Zakaria Amara, was the mastermind behind the recent Canadian plot.

Fifteen of the 17 suspects faced their first court appearance this week. Five of the suspects are juveniles and their names are being protected under Canadian law.

Prosecutors say the plot was to have run deep, including a possible attack on Parliament Hill in the nation’s capital of Ottawa.

Law enforcement agents foiled the attack as the suspects attempted to buy the fertilizer. Under-cover authorities intervened and delivered a safe substance to the suspects instead of the fertilizer shipment.

Agents then fanned out and made arrests in the city of Mississauga to the west of Toronto. Officials were expecting to make more arrests and determine the ties to other nations where the sting could continue.

– By David Tanner, staff writer